Polka dots tote

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A Christmas present for my mom, to replace the ratty tote bag that she drags around with her everywhere . . . I used Purl Bee’s free pattern for Apple Picking Tote.  The fabric is Robert Kaufman Waterford Linen (color Natural) for the outer fabric, and two corresponding Windham Fabrics Pocket Full of Posies cotton prints for the binding and inner lining.  I think I ordered one yard of each, and had plenty left over.  I used a very heavy interfacing (Peltex I Fusible Stabilizer), which makes for a sturdy bag, but it was a nightmare to sew.

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I was able to get the bag pieces sewn together (barely – my machine didn’t like sewing through multiple thicknesses of fabric and interfacing) but sewing on the outer binding was a nightmare.  The pattern calls for hand sewing, but I tried it and it looked awful (and I didn’t think it would hold very long), so it was back under the sewing machine again.  So long as I went very slowly, the machine could handle it, but mitering the corners was a sloppy job, at  best.

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Oh well . . . if you don’t look too closely, I’m happy with the construction and shape of the bag, and I like how the fabrics go together.  Next time, I’m going with a lighter weight interfacing!

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